August 03, 2004

Super Size Me

I saw Super Size Me today. I've been wanting to see this movie/documentary for a while now, but absolutely none of the theatres around here show it. I had to resort to other methods to see it. I know I should support the small directors and film makers, but there was absolutely no way to get to a showing of it. Oh well.

Super Size Me was pretty shocking for something that sounds like a child's dream - to eat at McDonald's every day for an entire month. What's more is that a heathier-than-average male reduced himself to being overweight with a liver strangled with fat. One must wonder, "What is this guy thinking?" Eating fast food every day for a month is crazy enough, but having three full meals of it? I shudder just thinking about it.

One of the most notable things in the movie were the children. Presented with pictures, only a handful could recognize the 1st president of the United States, and absolutely none could recognize a picture of Jesus. But wait, it gets better. Presented with the grinning portrait of the McDonald clown, the children immediately recognized what seemed to be their hero, Ronald McDonald. Shocking? Maybe. But saddening? Indefinately.

The film covered many other aspects of nutrition as well, not just McDonald's and obesity. Most alarming for me are the school lunches. Most teens and children complain about their school lunches. I believe they have every right to. However, seeing the lunches made in Ohio gave me doubts. Compared to the USDA-funded processed slop we have here, the lunch was a 3 star restaurant. Freshly prepared foods (however aimed at fast food-eating youths) like pizza, hamburgers, etc. were offered. There were also a large variety of snack foods (chips, cakes, and other goodies with obscene amounts of high fructose corn syrup) avalible. According to the staff, this was to allow children to decide how to eat on their own. Children can't be trusted. As much as it hurts me to say it, it's true. The vast majority of the kids' lunches are fries and soda. School seem to turn a blind eye on these kind of things, thinking, "Oh, they must have brought something from home." We all know in our mind that it's untrue. Oh, if the children aren't eating fries, they buy a teeth-grinding amount of cakes and sweets to snack on.

In my opinion, the film was very good, if not outstanding. I'm glad to say that I've already given up going to fast food restaurants serving heavily processed foods(maybe the exception of a frank) a few months back. I've also kept my consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup to a minimum. It's pretty hard to do, after all, HFCS is found in almost every food product, even breads. I'd advise others to do similarly. After all, how appetizing can eating chicken made of 48 different ingredients be? But hey, that's my view on things - Don't let me stop you from eating your McNuggets. Speaking of which, here's the ingredient list for them:

Chicken, water, salt, modified corn starch, sodium phosphates, chicken broth powder (chicken broth, salt, and natural flavoring (chicken source)), seasoning (vegetable oil, extracts of rosemary, mono, di- and triglycerides, lecithin). Battered and breaded with water, enriched bleached wheat flour (niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, modified corn starch, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dried whey, corn starch. Batter set in vegetable shortening. Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). TBHQ and citric acid added to help preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.
I wonder what the anti-foaming agent is for...
Posted at 9:32 PM in Appetizers.

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burn Ronald McDonald...he is the real evil

Posted by Eric at 17:33 on August 4, 2004. #

At least you get to lay off the stuff. I have to eat at Mcdonald's because its the only place in Lower Manhattan that doesn't cost an arm, leg, sperm, and gray matter to buy. I can feel the anti-foaming agent wearing off...

Posted by Ben at 20:26 on August 4, 2004. #

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